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Memorializing a #GullahGeechee Famlee Legacy

Tenk GAWD fa mi ancestas and fa disya land een de Gullah/Geechee Nation ya! Tenki Tenki GAWD fa unsta wha famlee dey ya fa!

As I stood there on the porch looking out, I could feel the energy of my family members that are in the realm of the ancestors, especially my grandparents that left us this land, standing with me and looking out and smiling. I started thinking of all that they went through toiling this land during enslavement and how the subsequent generations have been able to build more homes on it and are still working and maintaining the land and I smiled.

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Corona Chronicle 1 by Queen Quet

As everyone that has encountered me is well aware of, I greet people with “Peace.” In the midst of the global panic due to the pandemic, I have watched that word evolve in my existence and surround me and keep me within that peace. Yes, “Peace be still.” I continue to speak and live that statement unlike those that I see encroaching on the peace of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

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Middle Passage Month Comes in Like a Storm in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Throughout the year, the leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation honor our ancestral legacy through libation ceremonies and the transference of cultural knowledge. In September of each year, we specifically focus our energy on the arrival of our African ancestors on the Sea Islands of the Gullah/Geechee Nation via the Middle Passage. September is “Middle Passage Month” in the Gullah/Geechee Nation. We tell the stories of the horrors of the crime against humanity that chattel slavery was and the strength and triumph of our Gullah/Geechee ancestors that survived this journey and then dripped their blood, sweat, and tears into this soil as the nurturing agent that brought forth a mighty people that continue to endure hardships and thrive and prosper like “the tree planted by the rivers of the waters.”

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UJIMA een de Gullah/Geechee Nation!

Although many Gullah/Geechees celebrate “ujima”=”collective work and responsibility” annually during Kwanzaa with millions of others in the world, the embodiment of this principle is the foundation of the family compounds that make up the communities of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.gullahgeecheenation.com).  The numerous African ethnic groups that make up Gullah/Geechee DNA and that were contributors to …

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Great American Road Trip Story: Queen Quet, Unedited

Check out the story: Queen Quet, Unedited from the “Great American Road Trip” blog: Great American Road Trip: Queen Quet, Unedited   http://adaptationstories.com/2013/07/09/queen-quet-unedited/ “The Gullah/Geechee people, descendants of enslaved Africans captured in Angola and other parts of the Western Seaboard of Africa who now stretch from Jacksonville, North Carolina to Jacksonville, Florida, do not have a word for “adaptation” …

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